In the spirit of Alvin Tofflers' Future Shock, a social critique of our obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret.
Whether were buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions - both big and small - have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.
We assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression.
In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice - the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish - becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice--from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs--has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse.
©2004 Barry Schwartz (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
Interesting concept taken too far. Extremely repetitive. Unlike others, I found nothing wrong with the narration. The problem is the material. The preface and first chapters were good. After that, I had to keep skipping ahead hoping to find the next concept. Eventually, I just gave up and deleted the book. Yet another new set of choices in today's world: Audio books.
I have recommended it to all my family and close friends because I think they would relate to the concepts and find some helpful ideas about how to manage and live in overchoice world.
...the realization that we are making our children anxious and frazzled with overchoice
I think much more about putting myself in a situation where there are too many choices. Also I am trying to construct my environment so that there will be fewer "wrong" choices .
Great read for perfectionists :)
I read and listen to learn, enjoy and discover.
Very informative book on how we make choices and how these effect us. Information is based on research which are well summarised. The author gives recommendations on how best to deal with ever more increasing choices leaning toward a style of finding what satisfies our needs.
The book may be best read as paper book easy for reference. However it is well done.
Readers are Leaders.
I really enjoyed the examples and case studies. The last chapter of the book is pure Gold.
Easy voice to listen to.
Your Choices Don't Matter....Why More is Less
Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!
1:15 to start on the myriad of ways contemporary affluent Americans are "forced" to choose.
Dodgy scientifically when he leaves the arena of "opinion". 93% of Americans are religious? Nope. 16% of Americans self describe as atheist/agnostic. Why fudge numbers like that?
Would have been an excellent op-Ed piece. And you can tell from the amount of filler just to make this into an acceptable book length
This should have been an essay, not a book. Each point gets illustrated by a dozen different examples delivered in a lilting monotony. There are some good points made, which gets the second star.
Really a very interesting addition to the collection of business psychology books that are out there. It analyzes choice and the number of choices and how they affect people and their moods and attitudes and happiness with those choices.
I tend to be somewhat of a maximizer and this book helped me to realize the underlying problem I am facing. This is the first step to simplifying your life for being happier.
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